Texas Republican says he'll vote for Trump 'unless Beto O'Rourke decides to run as a Republican'

Texas Republican says he'll vote for Trump 'unless Beto O'Rourke decides to run as a Republican'
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Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdKaren Bass's star rises after leading police reform push The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - States are pausing reopening Democrats release bilingual ads on police reform bill MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday that he plans to vote for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE for president in 2020 "unless Beto O’Rourke decides to run as a Republican."

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Hurd, who has separated himself from Trump on issues such as the border wall and did not endorse him in 2016, is friends with former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas). O'Rourke is still considering a bid for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

"My plan is to vote for the Republican nominee, yes," Hurd told CNN's "State of the Union."

Host Jake Tapper pressed Hurd on his vote, saying, "Trump over O'Rourke?"

"That's very clear," Hurd responded. "Unless Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeColorado GOP Rep. Scott Tipton defeated in primary upset Clinton, Buttigieg among Democrats set to hold virtual events for Biden Redistricting: 'The next decade of our democracy is on the ballot' in November MORE decides to run as a Republican, which I don't think he's planning on doing.”

O'Rourke and Hurd went on a bipartisan road trip that was heavily promoted on social media in 2018.

Despite his own popularity in the state, O'Rourke did not endorse Hurd's Democratic challenger during the midterms in a tight race in Texas's 23rd District.